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Mirror aluminization 2014

Every five years, the mirrors of the NOT (both M1 and M2) are re-aluminized to maintain reflectivity and repair damage on the mirror surface. This happened on June 10-12 2014.

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Caption: M2 being detached from the telescope.
Credit: Olesja Smirnova
Date: 10-06-2014
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Caption: The adapter plate has been removed before detaching M1.
Credit: Olesja Smirnova
Date: 10-06-2014
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Caption: The most important part: taking selfies off the detached mirror.
Credit: Olesja Smirnova
Date: 10-06-2014
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Caption: M1 being cleaned before aluminization.
Credit: Olesja Smirnova
Date: 11-06-2014
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Caption: The telescope cleaning taskforce at work.
Credit: Olesja Smirnova
Date: 11-06-2014
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Caption: The aluminization chamber at the WHT.
Credit: Olesja Smirnova
Date: 11-06-2014
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Caption: M1 fresh out of the aluminization chamber.
Credit: Yeisson Osorio
Date: 12-06-2014
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Caption: Measuring the reflectivity of M2.
Credit: Yeisson Osorio
Date: 12-06-2014
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Caption: M1 being lowered back onto its base after aluminization.
Credit: Louise Dyregaard Nielsen
Date: 12-06-2014
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Caption: A closer look at the base and the mirror.
Credit: Louise Dyregaard Nielsen
Date: 12-06-2014
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Caption: Transporting the mirrors back to the NOT - very carefully and very slowly.
Credit: Yeisson Osorio
Date: 12-06-2014
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Caption: M1 on the lorry, about to be lifted into the NOT dome.
Credit: Louise Dyregaard Nielsen
Date: 12-06-2014
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Caption: M1 still on the lorry, with its wheels and cover in place.
Credit: Louise Dyregaard Nielsen
Date: 12-06-2014
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Caption: A new shiny mirror being lifted back onto the telescope.
Credit: Louise Dyregaard Nielsen
Date: 12-06-2014
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Caption: Re-attaching the mirror.
Credit: Louise Dyregaard Nielsen
Date: 12-06-2014
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